Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Wedding That Will Move You - Rowden & Leizel

'It was like a heartbreaking fairytale': Emotional moment cancer patient weds his true love in hospital ceremony before dying just 10 hours later

A 29-year-old cancer patient married the love of his life in an emotional ceremony at a Philippines hospital, just hours before dying.

Rowden Go Pangcoga had been busy planning his dream wedding to Leizl for July, when stage 4 liver cancer was diagnosed in May.

A video that captured the beautiful and heartbreaking ceremony earlier this month has quickly gone viral, with more than 4 million views since it was uploaded on June 18.

The wedding video was put on YouTube by Rowden's brother Hasset Go, who thanked staff at the Manila hospital for helping the family perform the wedding.

Hasset said his brother's dying wish had been to marry Leizl and, 'after 12 hours of preparations, his dream was fulfilled'.

Describing the wedding as 'like a heartbreaking fairytale', Hasset said: 'Unable to take him outside the hospital, we brought the church to him.'

At first the video appears like any other wedding film, with scenes of the bride getting ready, while classical music plays in the background.

It then shows Rowden, in a white shirt with rose bud button hole, being gently guided through a hospital corridor on a stretcher by friends dressed in suits.
As Leizl made her entrance in a veil and elegant bridal gown, attendants gathered at Rowden's hospital bedside to fan him.

The couple's daughter, wearing a floral headband and a face mask to protect her father, held on tightly to her mother's hand as they entered the room.

Everyone was moved to tears as a minister performed the ceremony, but the tears were quickly replaced by smiles as the couple exchanged rings and shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

Just 10 hours after their celebrated their marriage with family and friends, Rowden lost his fight against cancer.

Published on Jun 30, 2014


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